2021 Local Government Elections

The NSW Local Government Elections will be held on Saturday 4 December 2021.

Local Government elections in New South Wales are usually held every four years. However, the elections planned for 2020 were postponed for 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, and further postponed from 4 September to 4 December 2021.

For more information about these elections, please visit the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Information for Residents and Voters


Voting is compulsory for all residents of the Forbes local government area who are registered on the electoral roll. Electors enrolled for federal and state elections are automatically enrolled for their local council area. There is no absentee voting in local government elections. If you are unable to vote on election day you can vote by either pre-poll or postal.

Electoral Roll

The Electoral Roll is prepared and maintained by the Australian Electoral Commission. New residents should complete the electoral enrolment form and forward it to the Electoral Office. Enrolment forms can be obtained from any Australia Post Office.

Check your enrolment details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission.

Non-Residential Roll

You are eligible to vote as a non-resident in a ward or council area if you are:

  •  an owner of rateable land in the ward or council area
  • an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the ward or council area

To apply to be included on the non-residential roll of Forbes Shire Council, please complete the application form which applies to your situation from the list below:

Postal Vote           

Applications open for Postal Voting close on 29 November at 5pm.

Return of Postal Votes closes on 17 December 2021 at 6pm.

Pre-Poll Voting

Pre-poll voting will be available from Monday 22 November 2021 to Friday 3 December 2021 at the Forbes Shire Council Chamber, Harold Street, Forbes.

Pre-poll Voting will be open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (and to 6pm on Friday 3 December 2021).

Polling Venues

Polling will take place on Saturday 4 December 2021 at the Forbes Town Hall.

Information for Candidates

Key Dates
Date Milestone
Monday 28 June 2021 Nominations Online Management System available to prospective candidates in late June/early July.
Monday 18 October 2021 Candidate briefing session facilitated by LGNSW in Council Chambers. RSVP call Council on 6850 2300.

Information regarding content and learning outcomes of the session is located here (PDF 265.4KB).

25 October 2021

Close of electoral rolls

Lodgement of candidate nominations open

3 November 2021

Close of candidate nominations (12pm)

Registration of electoral material commences

26 November 2021 Registration of electoral materials closes (5pm)

Office of Local Government Resources

The Office of Local Government has a number of guides for those thinking of becoming Councillors.

1. Become a Councillor

2. Information for Candidates

3.Promoting Diversity in Local Government

4.Women in Local Government

NSW Electoral Commission Resources

The NSW Electoral Commission has comprehensive resources to ensure candidates are aware of the election processes and their legal obligations.
Visit their dedicated Local Government Elections 2021 page for more information and to register for their candidate webinars.

Local election work opportunities

NSW Election Commission has Expressions of interest open to work at the Local Government election in September. Working at an election is a great way for members of the community to earn money, learn new skills and deliver democracy by helping people to have their say. There are positions available during the election period and on election day itself. More information, including position descriptions, pay rates, and the link to apply, can be found on the NSW Election Commission  website.

Positions available during the election period

People are employed before and/or after election day to provide administrative, clerical and computer support to the returning officer.

Position descriptions

Positions available on election day

People employed on election day may be required to assist with the setup of the polling place, issue ballot papers, assist electors, sort and count ballot papers and decommission the polling place.

Position descriptions

If you have any queries regarding this information, please call NSW Election Commission on 1300 135 736 (Mon- Fri, 9am- 5pm).